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Grayson County Virginia

Map of Va: Grayson CountyThe county of Grayson was created in 1793 from the southern portion of Wythe County, and an additional part of Wythe was added to Grayson in 1794 (This same portion was returned to Wythe in 1825). the new western county was named for William Grayson, one of the first two United States Senators from Virginia. In 1810 land was taken away from Patrick County and also added to Grayson's holdings. Carroll County was formed from the eastern part of Grayson in 1842.

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GRAYSON COUNTY, VA ORDER BOOK 1, 1793-1794 by Karen Wagner Treacy, 2017, 8 1/2"x11" format, iv, 30 pages, index.
From the author's Foreword
"This book is interesting for those wishing to observe how a county was set up and organized. We have the initial organizational meeting, followed by appointment of county officers. We see how the militia was organized, and how the road surveyors were appointed. Elections were ordered for the overseers of the poor. A site was selected for the Courthouse, and the Court duly moved into in on July 22nd 1794. There were some dealings with other counties. There are a few lawsuits, but not as many as I have seen in other counties. There were only four jury trials in the seventeen months, all for lawsuits. Few crimes against the Commonwealth were reported, and only a few called courts for small-scale theft. There are many reasons a person's name appears in this document. Some are the principal men in the community. Some are representative landowners or householders, shown as grand jurors or petit jurors. Some appear in lawsuits. Some are described geographically when road surveys are located. Very few are women, and they only appear as wives, widows, and fornicators: this was not a time and place when women displayed a public and independent existence.
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GRAYSON COUNTY, VA 1810 SUBSTITUTE CENSUS [Abstracts from the 1810 Personal Property Tax List] by John Vogt, 2011, 5 1/2"x8 1/2" format, viii, 12 pages, map.
        Grayson is one of eighteen Virginia counties for which the 1810 census is lost. In August, 1814 British troops occupied Washington, DC and public buildings were put to the torch. In the destruction that followed, numerous early records of the government were lost, including all of Virginia's 1790 and 1800 census reports, as well as eighteen county lists for the state's most recent [1810] federal census. Although two "fair copies" of each county's census had been left in the counties for public display, these were ephemeral lists and not preserved, and by 1814 they too had been mislaid, lost, or destroyed. Hence, the closest document available we have to reconstruct a partial image of the missing county lists is the personal property tax list.
       According to research notes by Minor T. Weisiger, Library of Virginia archivist: "Information recorded in Virginia personal property tax records changed gradually from 1782 to 1865. The early laws required the tax commissioner in each district to record in "a fair alphabetical list" the names of the person chargeable with the tax, the names of white male tithables over the age of twenty-one, the number of white male tithables between ages sixteen and twenty-one, the number of slaves both above and below age sixteen, various types of animals such as horses and cattle, carriage wheels, ordinary licenses, and even billiard tables. Free Negroes are listed by name and often denoted in the list as "free" or "FN."
       The present abstract of Grayson's 1810 personal property tax list is NOT a transcript of the entire document; rather, it is a summary of three items important in delineating the 1810 "substitute" census for this county, i.e., number of male tithables 16 and older, number of slaves twelve years and older, and the number of horses. The original form of the census was in alphabetic order by date and letter. The substitute list presented here is in absolute alphabetic order for easy reference.

In the current volume, the data is recorded thus:
Beck, Robert                  1      -      2
Bellama, John                1      -      1
Booker, Richard E.        1      -      -
Bouldin, Green              2      6      5

        Column one represents the tithable males (16 and over) in the household; column 2 is the number of slaves over 12; and the final column is the number of horses, mares or mules.
        For genealogical researchers in this 1810 period, personal property tax records may provide additional important information. Oftentimes, juniors and seniors are listed adjacent to one another and recorded on the same day. When a taxpayer is noted as "exempt", it can be a clue to someone holding a particular position in government or being elderly, infirm, or for some other reason no longer required to pay the tithable tax. Women, both black and white, appear occasionally as heads of households when they own property in their own right or as the widow of a property owner.
        Another valuable source for filling in information about an ancestor is the land tax record, and especially the one for 1815. In that year, the enumerators began to add the location of the property in relation to the county court house. Roger Ward has abstracted all of the 1815 land tax records, and they are available from this publisher at
        The 1810 substitute census list for Grayson County contains 618 households, 846 tithables, both white and free black, and 938 slaves over the age of twelve, and 1,748 horses.

SURNAMES included in the 1810 personal property list are:
        Adams; Alderman; Alesworth; Allen; Alley; Ambron; Anderson; Anthony; Atkins; Austin;

        Baker; Baldwin; Ballard; Barber; Bartley; Barton; Becknal; Bedsaul; Bedwell; Beemer; Bennett; Bentley; Benton; Bets; Blair; Blakeley; Blakely; Blevins; Boaler; Bobbett; Bobett; Bolapaw; Bolt; Bond; Bonham; Booth; Bourn; Bourn; Bowel; Bowers; Boyd; Boyer; Boyers; Branscom; Brewer; Britt; Brown; Bryant; Bullard; Bunch; Bundy; Burcham; Burnet; Burros; Busick; Byrd;

        Cain; Campbell; Canoy; Carico; Carlin; Carrel; Carter; Cary; Casteel; Caststeel; Chance; Chew; Clark; Claunch; Cloud; Coal; Coalman; Coalson; Coaltrain; Cock; Coffin; Coker; Collier; Collins; Comes; Commons; Cooley; Cooper; Cooper; Cornelius; Corner; Cornut; Cornwell; Cotton; Cox; Cunningham; Curren; Currin;

        Dalton; Durrit; Dalton; Darnel; Davis; Davison; Day; Dean; Debord; Delp; Delph; Dickins; Dickinson; Dinkins; Dinney; Dodson; Dolton; Dukey; Dunn; Durnal;

        Eater; Eaton; Edwards; Ehart; Eller; Ellet; English; Ervin; Evins;

        Fannon; Farmer; Farmington; Felps; Fielder; Fields; Finley; Franklin; Frost; Fulton;

        Gaines; Galimore; Garrison; Gass; Glandon; Goad; Goin; Gray; Green; Greer; Grimes;

        Hackler; Hagey; Hague; Hail; Hazlwood; Hains; Hall; Halsey; Ham; Hambleton; Hampton; Hanks; Harman; Harper; Harrel; Harris; Hash; Haughhey; Hawkins; Hawks; Hays; Hayse; Hazlewood; Heckler; Helton; Henderson; Herrington; Hibbert; Hickman; Hill; Hillman; Hines; Hint; Hiot; Hiott; Hoalden; Hoggett; Holley; Horton; Houck; Howel; Howell; Hudson; Hull; Hunley; Hunnagin; Hunt;


        Jean; Jennings; Jessop; Jinnings; Johnson; Jones; Justice; Juston;

        Keith; Kelley; Kenney; Kinney; Kinworthy; Kirk; Kistor;

        Landers; Largin; Larue; Lax; Leonard; Let; Lewis; Linch; Lineberry; Linzey; Livsey; Livsey; Long; Lowe; Lummons; Lundy;

        Maberry; Mace; Mallory; Manor; Manos; Martin; Mash; Mathis; May; McCain; McCride; McGrady; McKinzie; McMillen; McNight; McPherson; Melton; Miller; Mitchel; Mize; Moer; Montgomery; Moody; Mooney; Moore; Morgain; Morris; Mosman; Murphy;

        Needom; Neuby; Newman; Nigeon; Night; Noblit; Nuckols;

        Ogles; ONeal; Osborn;

        Pain; Parishaw; Parker; Parks; Parsons; Paskeral; Patton; Peace; Pearson; Perry; Pew; Philips; Pew; Philips; Phips; Pitts; Plummer; Poarter; Pool; Pottosper; Pough; Price; Prier; Pucket; Purkins;

        Quesenberry; Quesinberry;

        Rankin; Rapord; Ready; Reaves; Rector; Reece; Reedy; Reyes; Richardson; Ridinghour; Rimer; Ring; Roades; Roark; Roaton; Roberds; Roberts; Robinson; Rose; Rudy; Russel; Rutherford;

        Sage; Salley; Scooley; Screech; Scudder; Seagor; Secrist; Sexton; Shaver; Shockley; Shooler; Shoop; Short; Simcock; Simmons; Smyth; Snider; Snow; Sothard; Sotherland; South; Sparks; Spence; Spensor; Spraker; Sprigs; Stair; Staley; Stamper; Stamper; Stanfield; Stanley; Stephens; Stewart; Stilwell; Stitt; Stodgell; Stone; Stoneman; Studiven; Sturgeon; Sturgeon; Suliven; Summers; Sumner; Surgenor; Swaney; Swift; Swindle;

        Talbot; Taylor; Terrel; Thomas; Thompson; Thornberry; Tipton; Trimble; Turner; Twigg;

        Vanover; Vansil; Vaughn; Vitito;

        Walker; Walters; Ward; Wardin; Warwick; Webb; Welch; Wels; West; Wheeler; White; Whitter; Whitworth; Wileman; Wilkenson; Willets; Willey; Williams; Wilson; Wiot; Woods; Woody; Worl; Wright;


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SMYTH CO. VA. SELECTED DEATH RECORDS & MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS (ANNOTATED), 1853-1939 Researched and abstracted by Thomas Jack Hockett; compiled by Donald Helton. iv,204pp., every-name index (8.25" x 10.75" paperback). The author has gathered together more than four thousand death records from Smyth and surrounding counties (Grayson, Wythe, Mercer). The majority of the records carry annotations drawn from a myriad of sources. The volume also contains the records of Smyth Countians who died in Mercer County, WV, as well as some Smyth County Migrations (3) and a listing of miscellaneous Smyth County Birth Records. This is an important resource for researchers working in the southwest Virginia area.
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SELECTED DEATH RECORDS OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIANS WHO DIED IN MISSOURI (OR WERE RELATED TO THOSE WHO DIED IN MISSOURI (with additions from Iowa and Sullivan County/East Tennessee) Researched by Thomas Jack Hockett; Abstracted & compiled by by Donald W. Helton. iv,220pp., every-name index (8.25" x 10.75" paperback). These deaths are taken from a variety of sources and methods employed, including "hunt and seek", census, on-line sources at Rootsweb, Ancestry, IGI, Family Genealogy Forums, censuses, etc. and the very valuable Missouri Death Certificates 1912-1958 which are generously available online. These deaths of mid and extreme SW VA people in MO during the subject time likely represent only a fraction of the deaths which could be ferreted out with difficulty employing 2-4 sources (in conjunction) in conjunction. The work represents considerable labor (not to mention eye-strain) and it is hoped it will bolster further the efforts to document the migration of SW VA persons".

During the process of abstracting and compiling the death records listed herein, instances of conflict occurred between the certificate and additional information found on-line. The information is entered as found. Any such conflicts are left to the discretion of the reader to reconcile.
Table of contents
Missouri Deaths from
      Washington County       1
      Wythe Co., Va      43
      Russell Co., Va      56
      Grayson/Carroll Cos., VA       80
      Smyth Co., Va      85
      Tazewell Co., Va      101
      Lee Co., Va      118
      Scott Co., Va      138
      Dickenson Co., Va      151
      Buchanan Co., Va      154
      Miscellaneous Deaths from southwest Va.      181
      Iowa Deaths from Southwest Virginia      193
      Alphabetical Index      202
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Grayson Co. 1815 Directory of Landowners by Roger G. Ward. 2005. 24 pages, map, 5 1/2X8 1/2.
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Individual County Booklets, 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners

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